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Top 10 Indoor Plants

If you love your foliage and are stuck inside because of the cold, don’t worry, you can still have your plants and grow them too!

Here is a list of the top 10 indoor plants to help you get through the cold winter months.

1. Peace lily – This is a great indoor plant that is small enough to be placed on your table top or anywhere you like. It has long stems and elegant white flowers, perfect for any décor!

2. Philodendron – If you’re thumb isn’t the greenest, this average sized plant is perfect foryou! It requires little light and works well in hallways or darker areas.

3. Weeping fig – This is one tough little tree, but great for indoors. Its leaves are small and shiny and is sometimes available in other forms such as a ‘lollipop’ tree.

4. Dracaena ‘Happy Plant’ – This plant needs moderate watering and does best in spaces with medium light.

5. Syngonium – Not keen on bugs, consider this insect resistant plant! The Syngonium loves humidity and loves to be misted regularly.

6. Silver queen (a.k.a. Chinese evergreen) – Very attractive indoor plant that normally runs on the small side, enjoys a mild climate and does well in low light.

7. Lady palm – This plant sounds high maintenance, but you’ll be surprised! Keep it watered and out of direct light, and its happy. Keep in mind it grows very slow and can be quite pricey.

8. Stromanthe – Double your pleasure with this gorgeous mult-color plant. The leaves are a deep green and underneath present a rich purple hue. This plant loves bright light and misting.

9. Rubber plant – This plant is great for households that might have children eager to touch plants and explore. It is bred for toughness and survives in low light. It tends to grow on the large size and is content in a dry environment.

10. Kentia palm – Very elegant, and quite tall, this plant has feather-like fronds and survives in low light as well as brighter areas.

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Don’t Let Your Plants Get Thirsty…

Do you have problems keeping your house plants watered?  Not sure what to do with your house plants when you are on vacation?

Now on sale, the CobraCo® Plant Sitter™ Water System is a patented automatic watering system that provides a healthy well-balanced diet of water & fertilizer for your plants.  Includes a 1 quart tank and ceramic sensor and fits almost any planter.

The CobraCo® Plant Sitter™ provides drip irrigation for a houseplant up to 3 weeks, so it’s ideal for when you are away from home on vacation. This patented automatic watering system includes replacement sensors. And right now you can save $10 with your purchase.

Balcony Gardening

Plants can add privacy and add a design touch all your own to a balcony no matter how large or small.

You can use plants to create some screening between you and the rest of the world without taking up precious floor space.

If you have a balcony, you can introduce trailing foliage in railing and horse trough planters along the railing.  If feasible, fill hanging baskets with cascading foliage and trailing plants, then suspend them from a ceiling or building facade.

All natural coco liners used with wire and metal planters, stands and hanging baskets exhibit a lighter, open design style that fits well into a smaller space while the rich, Continue reading

Starting with Seeds

Want to really begin your gardening experience from the ground up? Then you might want to start with seeds.

If that sounds like a challenge you’d like to take on, you have some decisions to make from the very beginning. Namely, what do I want to grow? Flowers? Vegetables? Herbs? Fortunately, whatever you decide, you’re probably going to purchase seeds that are commercially-produced, so that’s a leg up.

Commercially-produced garden seeds typically are packaged with valuable information to make your garden a success. After all, you won’t buy more seeds next year if they don’t take this year. Consequently, these packages will tell you when to sow your seeds, whether they require full sun or partial shade, the ideal temperature for gemination, when and how to space the seedlings, and how large the plants are likely Continue reading

Container Gardening

What’s the best thing about gardening using containers? The answer? Anybody can do do it!

Beginner or advanced gardener. Homeowner or renter. Large yard, small yard. No yard. Deck, patio, porch, front steps, balcony, roof…window boxes. Grow flowers, foliage, vegetables and herbs for display and decoration, fragrance and recipe ingredients. Whoever you are, wherever you live, whatever you want to grow…the opportunities for container gardening are limitless.

Container planters, available in a wide variety of styles, shapes and sizes, offer you the most gardening versatility.

Virtually any container can be used: wire and metal baskets lined with coconut coir, Continue reading

Plants and Privacy

Plants can be the perfect solution if you want to bring a little privacy to your backyard deck or patio.

Assuming you don’t have a major problem that requires fencing or the long term planting of hedges and screening plants such as evergreen, cypress and arboretum, some strategic planning and gardening may be all you require.

You probably don’t want your deck or patio enclosed on all sides. Perhaps you only want to create a secluded place to relax, or to block out an unwanted object on the perimeter. The main idea is to use plants to create some screening between you and the rest of the world. Adding height, creating corners and using blocking elements can Continue reading

Decorating a Small Space with Plants

Not everyone has a large backyard, a place for a sprawling deck, patio, or room for a vegetable garden or flower beds. But that’s no reason to turn your back on outdoor gardening.

Use some greenery and your condo or apartment balcony, a smaller porch, deck or patio can be transformed into a lush garden, an outdoor retreat or a culinary resource.

Container planting of flowers and foliage in free-standing pots and planters or displayed on decorative plant stands can add color while bringing an extra dimension of design to your space.

With little space on the ground, think about hanging flower baskets overhead and Continue reading

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Decorating Your Porch with Plants

Want to offer a really warm welcome to guests, neighbors, and passers-by? Decorating your porch with plants can set a tone of hospitality, add a touch of personality and really ramp up the curb appeal of your home.

Obviously, the first consideration is whether you have an open or enclosed porch. Your plant selection depends on where and how you live. With an open porch, alignment to the sun is important. Some plants need a lot of sun while others can thrive in semi-shade. Choose plants that best fit your locale and situation.

When making your choices, consider a mixture of foliage, flowers and evergreens to Continue reading

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Container Gardening

Like to garden, but lack the time, the space or even a yard? Decorating a deck or patio? Want to grow some herbs or vegetables for cooking? If so, you might consider trying container gardening.

Container planters, available in a wide variety of styles, shapes and sizes, offer you considerable gardening versatility.

If space is an issue, you can grow your container plants on a balcony, deck, patio, porch – or even a doorstep – while creating an attractive decorative display as an additional benefit.

Or maybe you’re seeking a convenient way to grow a few vegetables and herbs. A single tomato plant and some potted herbs may meet your needs.

Choose containers that reflect your own sense of style and design and complement Continue reading

Growing Herbs

Herbs are easy to grow, indoors and out, winter and summer, for decoration, aroma or for cooking. The biggest problem you may face in growing herbs is deciding what you want to grow.

Herb Types
As a gardener, you need to know that herbs are either annual, biennial or perennial. Annuals bloom one season and then die. Biennials live for two seasons, and bloom the second season only. Once established, perennials bloom each season.

Annuals include anise, basil, chervil, coriander, and dill; parsley and caraway are biennials; perennials include chives, fennel, marjoram, mint, tarragon, and thyme.

Herbs for Cooking
If you’re interested in culinary herbs, but not sure what you might want to grow, survey Continue reading